i love love love hammock camping, but hate hate hate bugs. For those of you that have used a hammock bug net, how has it been? Did it take the magic out of hammock camping a little to be surrounded by mesh on all sides?
In cold weather or if I’m pretty certain there will not be bugs, I go without. I typically treat my hammock and sleep sheet with permethrin. If I’m doubtful, I’ll bring a bug net. I typically hang it while I’m hanging my hammock, but leave it bunched up at the end. I only deploy it if the bugs are out and then it is as simple is pulling it over the hammock.
I made a diy net from mesh curtains… Bottom entry net. Beats the heck out of being eaten alive. I’m a magnet for mosquitoes! I actually find it’s a bit comforting… Almost like having walls. A bit of security. Bottom line… No bugs is good sleep without chemicals!
A must have in Florida, pretty much year round. ENO has an enclosed bug net but elbows, knees and sometimes other places that may touch the screen or press against the hammok and screen will still be vulnerable. Grand Trunk and ENO both offer a boxed version that will prevent this from happening, they have a flat floor that also gives you a space to stand as you get out of the hammock - bonus for sure!
Yeah, I grew up in the middle of rice fields in AR, and knew how annoying bugs are so I bought the Skeeter Beater Pro hammock from Grand Trunk. It came with a mosquito netting sewn into the the hammock itself, but I’ve also used the Thermacell Radius zone mosquito repellant system and it’s worked pretty good. For the other creepy crawlies I typically treat my cloth with the Permethrin clothing and gear spray.
My hammock came with a bug net attached, but can easily be flipped over for a non-enclosed experience. I really love it though! protected but can still feel the breeze!
I have a similar set up. This is my second backpacking hammock. My first didn’t have the integrated bug net, and I left it at home for a trip during which the nights were cool enough the bugs wouldn’t be a problem. On the third night, a rodent ran across my face.
I leave the bug net on now.
Part of what I love about sleeping in a hammock is feeling the air move around me. I’ve had two different bug nets, and neither has prevented me from feeling the breeze.
I would have just died right there!
My instinctive reaction was to fling the thing off of me. I think the poor rodent flew all the way down to Trap Lake, 1000’ below.